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Winter Dehydration

Even though the weather has turned chilly, dehydration is something to consider. Winter air is dryer and the cool temperatures do not necessarily trigger thoughts to grab some water. Staying hydrated is so prevalent that a study by the University of New Hampshire discovered that the chances of dehydration in winter is greater than during the warmer months.

Dehydration can cause fatigue, irritability, dry skin and mouth, headaches, and other complications if it continues over the long term. Since dehydration is easily achieved, Steigerwaldt spent a month focusing on hydration education. Each staff member received a custom Camelbak Hydrobak to stay hydrated both during and after work!

Here are some of the things we learned:
1. Choose water over sweetened drinks
2. Each person’s water intake is different, but most adults need 8-10 cups of water a day
3. Be sure to drink more water while being physically active, in summer and winter!

Additionally, here are some winter hydration tips:
1. If you do not want to drink a cold drink, try a warm drink like herbal tea, or hot water and lemon
2. Wear layers, sweating in winter contributes to extra water loss
3. Bring water with you – including to your desk or workstation

Stay happy, healthy, and hydrated!

-Claire Hillmeyer, Forest Analyst